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Family of man accused of killing deputy during standoff releases statement

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Jeff Krier Jeff Krier
Deputy Eric Stein Deputy Eric Stein
SIGOURNEY (KWWL) -

The family of a man killed during a standoff at his home in Keokuk County on Monday has released a statement.

This is a sad and difficult day for two Iowa families as we grieve the loss of our loved ones. On behalf of our family, we want to express our sympathy and extend our prayers to the family of Deputy Eric Stein. Deputy Stein was killed in the line of duty by our brother, Jeff Krier. While we do not understand what lead to this tragic end we do know the loss and grief caused by Jeff's actions is immeasurable.

Jeff was a loving brother who struggled with mental illness for the past three decades. He was diagnosed as bipolar and had tremendous difficulty managing his illness. In fact, he was hospitalized in March for seven days. While Jeff's mental illness may have contributed to the tragedy it in no way provides comfort or solace to the many who have been impacted by his actions.

We will continue to cooperate fully with local and state law enforcement officials. We ask members of the media to respect the privacy of our parents who are both in a local nursing home and are unable to speak. Funeral Services for Jeff are pending.

Statement provided by Sam Krier and Debbie Krier; brother and sister of Jeff. 

The family says Krier, 53 was born and raised in Sigourney and graduated from Sigourney High School in 1976.

He went on to Indian Hills Community College in 1986 to study aircraft mechanics.

They say he was not employed for the last 15 years due to his mental illness and lived at the family farm at 18237 249th Street with his parents until his mother and father moved into a nursing home in March.

Authorities say Krier shot and killed by 38-year-old Deputy Eric Stein. Hours later, they say Krier was shot by members of the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Unit and died from his injuries.

According to a news release, Stein, Sheriff Jeff Shipley and Deputy Casey Hinnah went to Krier's home to talk about an incident that reportedly happened Sunday night.

They say Krier opened fire when they arrived.



 

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